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A small Stone

Today I saw someone for their 2nd visit,
even deeper into a course of chemotherapy
when she came the first time she was sicker than she could bear
now she's feeling better than she has in months
“I took my kitchen apart yesterday!” she said, laughing with her self...

She'd been taking a simple tonic from some roots that were happy to lend a hand;
Echinacea, Astragalus, Panax, Withania, Licorice
these are those friends that the more their strength is needed, the more they give
they, like all our old plant allies, have a mysterious force in them
something that changes the shape of what would be expected, otherwise

I see how, unless we learn to trust that force
we end up doing desperate measures when things are dire
taking such regimens of pills and products that there's hardly room to eat
fasting from our pleasures as if to atone for what's gone wrong

We must understand that the life force is a river
pressing, flooding against illness's dam
only a small stone may need be moved
the river can do the rest...

Above poem published in AVENA Winter 2010

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